Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Last week in response to Cee’s Black & White theme of sculpture I posted an image of some statuary from the Basilica San Marco. This week’s topic is glass and here is another image from a religious edifice, in this case the mind-bogglingly beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Glass

Domes

So is it arches you want for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week? Or domes?

Here’s an image with plenty of both – from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The figures at bottom right give an idea of scale.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Arches, Domes etc

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

The symmetrical curves of the arches in this cloister of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi are the epitome of ‘graceful’.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 7 – Time

This photograph was taken – as you can see – on New Year’s Day 2012, in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It shows the date on both the Gregorian and Islamic (Hijri) calendars, as well as the names, in Arabic, of the five daily prayers (the display alternates with the time that the prayers are to be said on that specific day).

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52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 7 – Time

Capital carving close-up

The precision and detail of the carving on the capital of a marble column in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is clearly brought out in this monochrome close-up.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Close-ups

Symmetry

Something in the human brain is attracted to symmetry; we find it – almost always – aesthetically pleasing. And, as Cee points out this week, it can appear in many different guises.

To begin with, here are two images from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The first is yet another (no apologies though) chandelier, pictured from below, which is an example of circular symmetry, while the second is the top of a dome, which is obviously an example of left/right symmetry.

Although symmetry is an important element of Islamic art, it also features extensively in secular situations in Arab countries. Here is part of the seawall on the Abu Dhabi Corniche and – more prosaically – the underground carpark of the Dubai Mall.

It’s also possible to see symmetry in multiple subjects: like these two conjoined kites from the Blond airshow and a set of measuring jugs from a museum in Sarlat.

And finally, the symmetry of reflections on the Dordogne River

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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Perspective

Four images that demonstrate the theme of perspective for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge this week:

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This detail of an old dhow drawn up on the waterfront in Abu Dhabi contrasts with the modern skyscrapers in the background.

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Still in Abu Dhabi, this aircraft was flying over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque when I happened to be there.

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The red and white striped windsock at the Blond airstrip is a striking image in itself, but so is the drone behind it.

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From a photographic perspective you can debate whether it’s the baby or the cake that’s the subject of this picture, but there’s only one subject that my grandson was interested in on his first birthday.

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Perspective